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Shortage of ER Veterinarians hits close to home here in Green Country – Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma 2021-06-22 19:30:42 –

Tulsa, Oklahoma — If you recently need emergency veterinary care for your pet, you may have noticed a shortage of ER veterinarians and long wait times.

Job demands such as strange times and overnight, pandemics, stress in treating injured or sick pets in need of emergency treatment, and financial debt are all factors in the shortage of veterinarians in the emergency room.

Dr. Jeff Studer of Oklahoma State University Teaching Hospital said the shortage of ER veterinarians is a national problem and currently has 731 posts to emergency veterinarians.

“We see hiring activities with very large contracts, sometimes with open positions for over a year,” says Studer.

Local veterinarians Dr. Stephen Hodges and Oklahoma Veterinary Specialists reiterate his concerns.

“It’s a stressful environment in an emergency room, and it’s not uncommon for ER doctors to see 15 to 20 patients during a shift,” says Hodges.

Hodges tells 2News that veterinarians usually work 60 to 80 hours a week everywhere.

Both Hodges and Studer recommend prioritizing pet health care and not taking too long to get the necessary veterinary care.

They also expect long wait times at local emergency veterinary hospitals and say it is important to give office staff and doctors as much grace as possible.

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